Coping aptitudes can help people struggling with the mental health effects of the Covid crisis, psychiatrist Dr. Patrice Harris disclosed CNBC.
“I want everyone to first of all give themselves grace and space to feel how they are feeling. Know that we are not dependent,” Harris said Wednesday on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”
A recent report found that approaching half of surveyed U.S. workers have been suffering from mental health issues since the coronavirus pandemic launched.
“We are all hitting that wall, but it is time to build on our reserves,” Harris, former president of the American Medical Association, said.
Earthly activity, adequate food and sleep, and establishing new routines can help people avoid hitting the “pandemic wall,” mutual understanding to Harris.
Harris emphasized the need to lower personal expectations amid the pandemic.
“We should put less pressure on ourselves,” Harris predicted. “Know that we cannot do it all.”
Maintaining connections with friends and loved ones is also crucial during a quickly of social distancing, she said. For those experiencing “Zoom fatigue,” Harris suggested phone calls.
When surviving mechanisms are not enough, Harris stressed the importance of asking for help.
“We need to make sure that we seek out professional pirate,” Harris said. “And it’s no shame in doing so.”